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Alberdingk Boley GmbH announced that it has completed the acquisition of the production site at Leuna in Sachsen-Anhalt, Eastern Germany from Synthomer Leuna GmbH. The acquisition agreement was closed on 1 January 2018. Financial details were not disclosed.

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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has concluded an agreement to license technology for its flue gas carbon dioxide (CO2) capture plant to PJSC Metafrax, a major Russian chemical company.

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Samsung Engineering announced that it has received a contract from SABIC’s manufacturing affiliate, Jubail United Petrochemical Company (United), for a USD 700 million ethylene oxide/ethylene glycol (EO/EG) plant in Saudi Arabia, to produce 700,000 t/y MEG.

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AMI Consulting’s report "Polymer demand in Asia" details the size, nature and future prospects for both commodity and engineering plastics in Asia. The region represents a varied market with the 13 countries listed in the report having differing prospects for polymer demand.

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Teijin Frontier Co., Ltd., the Teijin Group’s fiber-product converting company, announced that it will establish a R&D facility for fibers including polyester fibers in Thailand.

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The elastomer coated fabrics market is projected to grow from USD 9.67 billion in 2017 to USD 11.85 billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 4.16 % during the forecast period. This is a result of a recent study published by MarketsandMarkets.

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Hanwha Total Petrochemical, a 50/50 joint venture between Hanwha and Total, will invest more than USD 300 Million to expand its integrated refining & petrochemicals platform located in Daesan, South Korea. 

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Socfin Cambodia, the local branch of a Europe-based international rubber producing company that currently operates a 7,500 hectare rubber plantation in Mondulkiri, Cambodia, has announced plans to open the doors to its first rubber factory next April, with an initial investment of USD 5.7 million, a company executive said.

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On 12 October 2017, the chemical company Stahl has opened a new application lab in Arzignano, Italy. The lab will focus on automotive, leather goods, shoe upper and upholstery. According to Stahl, the lab will develop new technologies, create customised solutions and provides in-house training. Furthermore, customers are shown how Stahl’s leather chemicals' portfolio gives leather articles a durable appearance, while being environmentally responsible at the same time, said the company. In the Arzignano lab innovative sustainable leather solutions Proviera – Probiotics for Leather, Stahl EasyWhite Tan and Stahlite are highlighted along with the Stahl neo leather finishing portfolio

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Sasa Polyester Sanayi has awarded a contract to Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions' Uhde Inventa-Fischer subsidiary to build two new world-scale polyethylene terephthalate (PET) facilities in Adana, Turkey.

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